Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Iodo » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:57 am

nice job, I think these changes will work well :P
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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Odigan » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:58 pm

I like it, especially how it makes our expectations clear while avoiding any "or else" dictatorial language.
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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Greg » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:22 pm

Got a materials Vendor list started up...please add to it. We'll let that one run for a few days, and then we'll start another to build additional information for practical applications, patterns, and other shtuff.

I think this will all go a long ways towards protecting and growing our community at the same time, for the long haul. Good discussion, everyone.
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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Elleth » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:12 pm

Excellent! Thank you guys! :mrgreen:
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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Kortoso » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:25 am

theowl wrote:It went from a community of people learning historical martial arts and their application, to a bunch of tournament fighters learning how to win tournaments.

I see that happen in a large variety of different communities, from Renfaire to Burningman. In WMA/HEMA certainly this is a tendency as well. And I expect that to happen here in Middle-Earth Rangering as well, although it will take a long time.

At bottom, what I like to see is sharing an inspiration, whether it's Andy's original walk in the woods, or Viggo Mortensen's swan dive into the character of Strider. Then can individuals decide in what manner they desire to emulate this.
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Re: Beware the Mops and Sociopaths.

Postby Elendur Amloth » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:07 pm

Great discussion! I came to Middle-earth rangering a few years ago after spending a number of years in regular historical reenactment/trekking, namely 18th century but War of 1812 and American Civil War as well. When I initially got into this hobby, it was very new to me although Tolkien of course, was Old Hat. But to do an impression of a character-type from the Lord of the Rings? Yeah, a really odd thought at the time. Of course I found some local fellow enthusiasts and I even began making additional equipment and collecting various weaponry, etc, so much that I was eventually able to equip five Rangers complete. Of course, the hobby competed with other forms of reenactment and our people got pulled in different directions and eventually the endeavor fell apart. I thought - "Let's try Social Media!" but what I found there was enthusiasm but no product - a lot of people interested in Tolkien, the books, talking about them, etc. but not many interested in actually going into the field to "live the life" so to speak. I did find people through Facebook and the like, just like on this forum but usually they were a world away and not close enough to do something on a regular basis. I did find Taurinor's group from Virginia who meet in South Carolina which is the next State over from me and hopefully I can revisit this prospect in the upcoming years. Here in the Deep South, we do face the added problem of the heat and the wearing of heavy clothes not being so popular!

I think to a certain extent, this hobby will always remain small, even with the influx of hype concerning the new upcoming Amazon series or it will simply bring about a new era of Cosplayers who only visit a convention once or twice in the genre. I wish I could be more positive but I suppose the Ranger community in Middle-earth was small too so in that respect, we are accurate - few and widespread.
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